Born on March 20th 1954, Roy Patterson
grew up in a pastoral setting in rural Nova Scotia. During his
teenage years an enthusiasm for the blues-based rock music of
the late sixties initiated a strong desire to play the guitar.
"Patterson's touch and the sound
he gets from his instrument is beautiful
- Roy McCurdy, the Jazz Report.
From 1974-78 he toured Atlantic Canada
with various rock/R&B/dance groups and worked as a seaman
in between bands, traveling to exotic locations in Mexico, Jamaica
and most of the American cities along the eastern seaboard. In
1978, with a fervent desire to play jazz, Roy moved to Toronto
where he has freelanced for over 15 years, working as a sideman
on the local scene.
In 1989 he began leading his own bands,
and with the support of the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent
on Records, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the Canada
Council for the Arts, he has produced a body of original work
which has been performed in clubs and concert venues across Canada,
and also documented on four Compact Disc recordings.
"This is really modern jazz music
with great compositions and playing, Highly recommended"
- John Abercrombie, after listening to the "Acadiana Suite
Roy's quartet won the Prix de Jazz
at the Festival International de Jazz in Montreal, Quebec in the
summer of 1996, (the first Toronto based band to do so) which
gave the group exposure through appearances on national radio,
television, and a tour which concluded at the Canadian Embassy
in Washington, D.C. In March of 1997 the quartet released a new
CD for the Justin Time label called "Inland Passages".
The title refers to a five part suite of the same name which makes
up the main content of the recording. Each part is a dedication
to a different traveller/mystic who sought spiritual enlightenment
through their journeys. "Inland Passages" is a metaphor
for geographical travels and personal, spiritual journeys within.
As well as leading his own quartet,
Roy also performs with a trio featuring Don Thompson - bass and
piano and Terry Clarke on drums. In a review of a recent CJRT-FM
radio concert broadcast from the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto,
Toronto Star critic Geoff Chapman referred to Patterson's playing
as exemplary. "There's depth, polish and a contemporary
feel to this music, played tastefully by three of Canada's elite
jazzmen (though Clarke now works out of New York)" - Geoff
Chapman - The Toronto Star.
Roy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts
degree from York University, a Master of Music from McGill University,
and is on the faculty of music at the University of Toronto where
he teaches in the jazz programme. When he is not performing, writing,
practicing or teaching music, he can usually be found on a trout
stream, or at the Cold Mountain Uchi-Ryu school, where he practices
Okinawan and Chinese martial arts.
The Release Unity Records 113
The Acadiana Suite Unity Records 138
The Coming of Angels Unity Records 149
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